Subsurface recruitment specialists

Zinc Consultants - the industry-leading Technical & Executive Search company, providing recruitment solutions across the global E&P Sector.

About Zinc

Founded in 2013, Zinc has established the reputation as the leading subsurface recruitment company in the E&P business.

We have established an impressive client list spanning supermajors, large & small independents, start–up oil companies, integrated consultancies and service companies, with strong global candidate networks. Our principal client network covers UK, NW Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America.

Founded by Chris Flavell, the former Exploration General Manager of Tullow Oil and Geoscientist with over 30 years of experience and a team of energy recruitment specialists, Zinc has detailed knowledge of the technical market from both sides of the fence.

Our clients have quickly realised the cost & time benefits of working with a recruitment company that genuinely understands their hiring requirements, and which delivers candidates precisely in line with specified job descriptions.

What we specialise in

We provide 4 core recruitment solutions across the E&P Sector.

  • Global Technical and Executive Search
  • Consultancy
  • Contract Recruitment
  • Managed Services

Specialist Disciplines

  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Petrophysics
  • Executive Management
  • Subsurface Management
  • Discipline and Team Leadership
  • Commercial and Business Development

Some of our clients

Our team

Our unique brand brings with it in excess of 50 years’ experience comprising of both senior technical and recruitment experience as well as extensive networks at all levels throughout the energy sector.

Chris Flavell

Executive Chairman

Joe Hetherington

Managing Director

Nikola Kindlova

Executive Director, Business Development

Jasmine Grewal

Resourcing Consultant – Geoscience

Roxanne Hohls

Resourcing Consultant – Engineering

Luke Plant

Resourcing Consultant – Americas

Global Technical & Executive Search

Oil and gas has changed so have we

Throughout the recent downturn Zinc has committed to the subsurface sector committing to strengthening our global networks and tailoring our recruitment services to better suit the emerging new market.

The best candidates are still hard to find

We have the capability to provide a unique search for local and expat professionals & consultants. Our team of specialist consultants offers full support throughout the entire recruitment process assisting with all stages of the company interviews, offer management, candidates’ resignation support through to joining.

Zinc is unique in bringing incomparable experience of geology and geophysics to the E&P recruitment puzzle. Most importantly, their deep understanding of the ingredients of subsurface success is underpinned by knowledge of the key people who can provide it.

Zinc enabled us to shape and build a top quality technical team and their strategic insights were invaluable in helping us to embed the key skills and aptitudes we expect from our people in a fast-moving and dynamic organisation. Within a highly competitive market, Zinc allowed us to achieve excellent results within a tight timeframe, advising us expertly at all stages of the selection process whilst providing dedicated and personalised service throughout.

We are looking forward to working with Zinc again very soon as we continue to grow the company.


Oyster Petroleum


Brand new companies, team mergers, restructures

With deep experience on the technical side of the industry and over 25 years of subsurface recruitment experience, we have a successful track record in building & growing subsurface teams for new-start and established companies.

Zinc can offer advice on recruitment and career progression models to work with you in building your successful subsurface teams.

We will tailor our recruitment services to work with an organisation to assess pre-existing team skill sets, to advise on gaps within the organisation and run comparative reviews on salaries & organisation structures within current market trends. This business model has been proven globally to build successful and collaborative subsurface teams.

Zinc’s unique marriage of top quality recruitment skills and working, ‘inside’ knowledge of geoscience and the oil industry result in an unparalleled ability to provide excellent candidates for interview. Their ratio of CV’s provided to interviews requested and ultimately to successful hires is orders of magnitude higher than other recruiters.

Exploration Manager

Tullow Oil

Contract Recruitment

Some companies prefer to strengthen their teams through the hiring of contractors rather than permanent staff, especially so for short to mid-term duration assignments.  There will typically be an option to later convert to staff.

Zinc’s global network of pre-approved consultants and in-depth understanding of the scope of work will facilitate a speedy contract placement into your company.

We can source, run and payroll your Subsurface contractors.

It has been a refreshing change to work with recruitment consultants who take time to understand the personal career aspirations of the candidate, and the requirements of the recruiting organisation, then match these together on a bespoke basis.
Successful Candidate

Development Geology Manager

Managed Services

Many companies who advertise roles directly receive an unmanageable and overwhelming response from actively looking candidates.

If direct advertising is your preferred method of recruitment and you do not have the time or resources to filter CVs yourself, we offer a full CV screening service to save your time and money as part of your recruitment drive.

This service will be tailored to your company requirements and will be dependent on candidate interest in the market.

Read more about our Managed Services

You advertise the job

Zinc screens CVs: Identifying the top ten candidates

Zinc interviews each candidate to provide a shortlist of top 5 with technical and HR report for each

You follow up directly with the candidate list

Contact Us

Whether you are a company seeking to recruit new talent or a candidate looking for your next opportunity, please fill in your details and one of our team will be in touch with you shortly. CVs or Job descriptions can also be attached below.

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Job Seeker?

If you'd like to find out how we can help find you your ideal position,
call us on 01483 243 332 or email us your CV and covering letter.